What would you change? Gaming rig

Hi guys,

I am planing to build the following system as a gaming rig, but I also use a lot of photoshop and the occasional video editing.
What would you change? I am reaching the top of what I am willing to pay with this so substitutions are needed instead of pure upgrades.

What would you change?


Intel Core™ i7-3770K Processor, 3.50GHz w/ 8MB Cache
$329.99


Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio,...
$269.99


G.SKILL RipjawsZ Series PC3-14900 DDR3 16GB Kit (4 x...
$109.99


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDM...
$369.99


OCZ ZX Series 850W Modular Power Supply
$179.99


OCZ Vertex 4 Series SATA III Solid State Drive, 2...
$214.99


NZXT Phantom Full Tower, White
$159.99

Sub Total: $1,634.93
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  1. Get the non k i7 3770.
    Get 1333mhz cl9 ram. The higher latency adds almost nothing
    Get a 750w psu from seasonic.
    Get the corsair 500r for cheaper.
  2. theactor1977 said:
    Hi guys,

    I am planing to build the following system as a gaming rig, but I also use a lot of photoshop and the occasional video editing.
    What would you change? I am reaching the top of what I am willing to pay with this so substitutions are needed instead of pure upgrades.

    What would you change?


    Looks pretty ideal to me.
  3. allanitomwesh said:
    Get the non k i7 3770.
    Get 1333mhz cl9 ram. The higher latency adds almost nothing
    Get a 750w psu from seasonic.
    Get the corsair 500r for cheaper.


    Anonymous said:
    Looks pretty ideal to me.


    ummmm you guys are going to not suggest getting a cheaper board instead of a 270 dollar board? and not recommend an i5 instead. this is a gaming rig and when people say they "also" use other programs its not like they use them a lot because if they did it would be a game/photoshop build.

    Op get a i5 3570k and a board like this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131848

    thus saving 200 dollars so you can get a 7970 which is better then what you
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439

    also you have 100 spare dollars so you could go back to the i7 but its going to add nothing to your gaming experience.
  4. cbrunnem said:
    ummmm you guys are going to not suggest getting a cheaper board instead of a 270 dollar board? and not recommend an i5 instead. this is a gaming rig and when people say they "also" use other programs its not like they use them a lot because if they did it would be a game/photoshop build.

    Op get a i5 3570k and a board like this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131848

    thus saving 200 dollars so you can get a 7970 which is better then what you
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439

    also you have 100 spare dollars so you could go back to the i7 but its going to add nothing to your gaming experience.

    An x79 build isn't cheap whichever way you look at it. He asked for substitutes not a new build altogether. Note how he says ALOT of Photoshop.
  5. allanitomwesh said:
    An x79 build isn't cheap whichever way you look at it. He asked for substitutes not a new build altogether. Note how he says ALOT of Photoshop.


    um this isnt an x79 build...... its a none 2011 build. plus photoshop doesnt use hyperthreading that well.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833-15.html

    btw a lot is two words and i did not build a complete new build. i replaced what in my mind wasnt needed and in the end he came out with a stronger computer all together.
  6. Oops. I was looking at an x79 build for someone and mixed things up. My bad. :(
  7. cbrunnem said:
    um this isnt an x79 build...... its a none 2011 build. plus photoshop doesnt use hyperthreading that well.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833-15.html

    btw a lot is two words and i did not build a complete new build. i replaced what in my mind wasnt needed and in the end he came out with a stronger computer all together.


    Photoshop may not use Hyperthreading but that doesn't count plug ins or the rest of CS5. Heavy redraws you'll need the extra threads.

    The original build looks pretty good but that PSU is kind of overkill, a 750W will more than suffice for a single card setup.

    Quote:
    ummmm you guys are going to not suggest getting a cheaper board instead of a 270 dollar board? and not recommend an i5 instead. this is a gaming rig and when people say they "also" use other programs its not like they use them a lot because if they did it would be a game/photoshop build.


    I'd definitely suggest that. For CS5 you'll still need the 3770K. If it were a strict gaming build I'd second the i5, but not if CS5 is going to be used. This board is $100 less and covers all the bases: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544
  8. g-unit1111 said:
    Photoshop may not use Hyperthreading but that doesn't count plug ins or the rest of CS5. Heavy redraws you'll need the extra threads.

    The original build looks pretty good but that PSU is kind of overkill, a 750W will more than suffice for a single card setup.

    Quote:
    ummmm you guys are going to not suggest getting a cheaper board instead of a 270 dollar board? and not recommend an i5 instead. this is a gaming rig and when people say they "also" use other programs its not like they use them a lot because if they did it would be a game/photoshop build.


    I'd definitely suggest that. For CS5 you'll still need the 3770K. If it were a strict gaming build I'd second the i5, but not if CS5 is going to be used. This board is $100 less and covers all the bases: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544


    Any suggestions for a fully modular PSU? Also, do you think the GIGABYTE board is comparable to the Asus one above? Thanks.
  9. cbrunnem said:
    ummmm you guys are going to not suggest getting a cheaper board instead of a 270 dollar board? and not recommend an i5 instead. this is a gaming rig and when people say they "also" use other programs its not like they use them a lot because if they did it would be a game/photoshop build.

    Op get a i5 3570k and a board like this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131848

    thus saving 200 dollars so you can get a 7970 which is better then what you
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439

    also you have 100 spare dollars so you could go back to the i7 but its going to add nothing to your gaming experience.

    Not a good board suggestion. Also,He doesn't need the extra frames of a ghz edition. In fact he doesn't need an OC 670.

    Get the non oc version of your graphics card.Get the gigabyte ud3 board. Here's a psu http://newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207023
  10. allanitomwesh said:
    Not a good board suggestion. Also,He doesn't need the extra frames of a ghz edition. In fact he doesn't need an OC 670.

    Get the non oc version of your graphics card.Get the gigabyte ud3 board. Here's a psu http://newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207023


    I couldn't find a cheaper non OC 670. Or were you referring to the 7970?
    What about the SSD... is mine a good choice?
  11. allanitomwesh said:
    Not a good board suggestion. Also,He doesn't need the extra frames of a ghz edition. In fact he doesn't need an OC 670.

    Get the non oc version of your graphics card.Get the gigabyte ud3 board. Here's a psu http://newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207023


    how do you know what gpu he needs? he hasnt listed a resolution or games he plays? so you really cant judge.
  12. theactor1977 said:
    Any suggestions for a fully modular PSU? Also, do you think the GIGABYTE board is comparable to the Asus one above? Thanks.


    For the PSU I'd suggest this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087

    And the Gigabyte board is comparable - you'd only need the Deluxe model if you were using a quad GPU setup - and most people never will.
  13. cbrunnem said:
    how do you know what gpu he needs? he hasnt listed a resolution or games he plays? so you really cant judge.


    COD, BF3... mostly very demanding games at 1920 x 1080 on my 27" monitor. I need to crank up the settings to the max for all the eye candy possible :)
  14. theactor1977 said:
    COD, BF3... mostly very demanding games at 1920 x 1080 on my 27" monitor. I need to crank up the settings to the max for all the eye candy possible :)


    7970/680 are about what you need.
  15. cbrunnem said:
    7970/680 are about what you need.

    He doesn't need a gtx 680/ 7970ghz at his resolution. Those cards only make sense at higher resolutions. And yes,good choice on the ssd. I also looked around and the gtx 670 you've picked is a great deal. Also noticed you're in Canada?
  16. allanitomwesh said:
    He doesn't need a gtx 680/ 7970ghz at his resolution. Those cards only make sense at higher resolutions. And yes,good choice on the ssd. I also looked around and the gtx 670 you've picked is a great deal. Also noticed you're in Canada?


    really? a 7970 or 680/670 would be the only thing that can get 60 fps on ultra in bf3 at 1080p
  17. cbrunnem said:
    really? a 7970 or 680/670 would be the only thing that can get 60 fps on ultra in bf3 at 1080p

    Exactly,so why pay more if the 670 can do the job?
  18. allanitomwesh said:
    He doesn't need a gtx 680/ 7970ghz at his resolution. Those cards only make sense at higher resolutions. And yes,good choice on the ssd. I also looked around and the gtx 670 you've picked is a great deal. Also noticed you're in Canada?


    Yes I'm from Canada :)
  19. Cheaper mobo and more reliable PSU.
  20. allanitomwesh said:
    Exactly,so why pay more if the 670 can do the job?


    because the 7970 is a better all around card for 25-50 dollars more.
  21. cbrunnem said:
    because the 7970 is a better all around card for 25-50 dollars more.


    The performance difference does not pay the $50. Isn't the idea to save the op from unnecessary spending?
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